Summer in the city: A schvitz is a schvitz

Cool off with a jalapeno margarita!

It hit 97 degrees in New York last week. That means the RealFeel was more than 100 and subway platforms were hotter. With minimal air circulation in high-rise apartments, and most lacking outdoor spaces, ‘sultry’ is a gentle word of description. At that temperature, expect to see New Yorkers ducking under a tree in Central Park, or sneaking into the Washington Square Park fountain for a quick dip.

Also known as the Urban Heat Island Phenomenon, New York City feels hotter than other most other places. With the amount of asphalt in the concrete jungle, traffic volume, and tall buildings, heat lingers and can’t escape in the evenings like other locations outside the city. Ninety degrees at 7pm is too darned hot. Despite the discomfort, nothing stops New Yorkers. We embrace extreme weather — be it surging humidity, sub-zero with wind, hurricane, or other — for us, it’s business as usual.

I rode the subway downtown to Lower Fifth to see a client. Air circulation and ventilation were non-existent on the 1 train. Completely wilted, I reached my destination at 15th and 5th, but needed a bath towel to be recognizable for my meeting. I dried off in the air-conditioning in about 30 minutes, only to return to the convection oven outside, also known as Manhattan.

Men walk the streets and subways in suits and ties. Others are wearing jeans and sneakers, but they look DRY. I don’t understand it—they barely appear to be warm. Wearing as little as possible without committing a crime, I’m still schvitzing like you wouldn’t believe. Considering ‘naked above the waist’  is legal in Manhattan, perhaps I should’ve peeled off one more layer. That’s okay. I draw the line at a tube top.

Are there any other women out there who are heavy schvitzers? I’ve always been a sweater. I remember in my teens how I perspired rings around the other dancers. According to my doctor, sweating is healthy — it’s a natural way to release the toxins stored in the body. If this is true, I’m definitely the healthiest woman alive.

For whatever reason, it’s more acceptable for a man to sweat, perspire, or drip — however you want to phrase it. But for a woman, it’s less acceptable and unattractive. Even my husband refuses to say that I sweat. He prefers the term “glisten.”

Any way you look at it, it’s the same.  A schvitz is a schvitz — no matter who does it. Period.

How will you beat the heat in New York City this summer? As a pro-schvitzer and heat wave dodger, I suggest these cooling options, which won’t involve any nudity unless you prefer it.

Skip the subway

This may not be possible if you’re traveling from one borough to another. If not, leave earlier, use buses and avoid subways on the days with triple-digit RealFeels. When the heat index passes 100 degrees, traveling underground should be limited.

Go for the chilled dessert

I highly recommend GROM. Made with no faux ingredients and lighter than ice cream, this gelato is the ultimate warm-weather splurge. Locations include Bleecker Street, Midtown West and Upper West Side. Icy granitas and frappes made with organic milk are delicious options too.

Take a boat ride

The Staten Island Ferry is one of New York’s best-kept secrets and it’s refreshing on the warmest of days. It’s also free. The Ikea Ferry, operated by the NY Water Taxi is a good alternative. Take a breezy trip and stop in for design inspiration from their small room vignettes.  Free on weekends. $5.00 each way on weekdays. Both have stunning views of the city skyline.

Visit the Shops at Columbus Circle

You can hit your favorite stores like J. Crew, Stuart Weitzman, Sephora, and Williams Sonoma, without walking on the steamy streets. Afterward, eat lunch at Bouchon Bakery, dinner at A Voce, or grocery shop at Whole Foods and go home to prepare a healthy, no-cooking-required dish in your air-conditioned apartment.

Indulge in a refreshing summer cocktail

Nothing tastes better than a chilled alcoholic beverage on a steamy summer night.

Try the R & R at Koi Bryant Park — Reposado Tequila, rhubarb puree, fresh lemon, simple syrup, rhubarb bitters and sparkling wine.

Or the Jalapeno Margarita at the W Times Square Living Room

— Muddled jalapeno (no seeds), Excellia Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice

New York is turning up the heat again this weekend, so be cool.


For more about New York, follow me on Twitter, or on Tracy’s New York Life.

 


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

'Five Star': A coming-of-age story about Brooklyn's gang…

'Five Star' tells a coming-of-age story about Brooklyn's gang culture at the Tribeca Film Festival.

National

New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for…

By David DeKokHARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach"…

Local

NYPD detective shoots partner: DA

A New York City Police detective was arrested early Thursday and charged with driving under the influence while on the clock.

Local

Judge strikes down NY limits on donations to…

A federal judge on Thursday reluctantly struck down New York's limits on donations to independent political action committees as unconstitutional, potentially ushering in a new…

Movies

Tribeca: 'Goodbye to All That' star Paul Schneider…

Paul Schneider talks about his new film "Goodbye to All That," not acting too much and how he'd rather indulge in simple pleasures than play the scene.

The Word

Taylor Swift battles paparazzi daily at Tribeca penthouse

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.

Movies

'A Brony Tale' documents men who are into…

Ashleigh Ball, a voice actress on "My Little Pony," speaks to us.

Movies

Tribeca: Nikki Reed on going funny for a…

"Intramural" star Nikki Reed talks about being the straight person in a broad comedy, spending time in Austin and how "Thirteen" was a "miracle."

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

MLB

5 infamous pitcher ejections for cheating

Never fear Yankees fans, Michael Pineda is far from the first MLB pitcher to be thrown out of a game for cheating.

MLB

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda ejected for using pine…

Pineda was thrown out of the game against the Red Sox Wednesday for having pine tar on his neck -- for all the world to see.

NFL

Giants 2014 regular season schedule

The Giants will play five prime-time games — against the Lions, Redskins, Eagles, Colts and Cowboys.

Parenting

New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.

Tech

From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.

Style

Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.

Style

MAC & Proenza Schouler collection unveiled

MAC Cosmetics is releasing a new collection with Proenza Schouler.